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  • US team trains, certifies Afghan soldiers on the big guns

    Sep 9, 2013

    An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier with 4th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 201st Corps, braces himself while a D-30 122 mm howitzer fires during certification exercises at Forward Operating Base Tagab, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2013. U.S. Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, trained and certified the ANA throughout eastern Afghanistan advising and instructing ANA artillery soldiers on the proper handling of D-30s, a Soviet-made heavy artillery weapon capable of engaging targets more than 15 kilometers away. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor/Released)

  • Ancient fortress marks site for advisory transition in Afghanistan

    Sep 7, 2013

    KABUL, Afghanistan -- A fortress dating back to the 5th century, once occupied by the Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan, a focus-point for the first and second Anglo-Afghan War, and a pivotal point in the history of Afghanistan, served as the setting officially marking the next level of advising to the Afghan National Army from American forces.

  • Fort Irwin rallies to repair, mitigate damaged caused by epic flash flooding

    Sep 6, 2013

    An Aug. 25 monsoon storm caused significant damage at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin.

  • Army Under Secretary touts economic, military readines benefits of harbor improvments

    Sep 5, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal visited Savannah, Ga., Sept. 4, 2013, to meet with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Ports Authority, Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, and the mayors of Savannah and Hinesville.

  • First Army training prepares civilians for deployment

    Sep 5, 2013

    A meeting with local shopkeepers turns violent as insurgents attack the civilians and their security forces. A rocket-propelled grenade lands just behind the last vehicle and small arms fire crackles in the air as a convey of civilian and military personnel pull out of the marketplace. "Nine o'clock, your nine o'clock," screamed Spc. Kathrynne Mwangi, a financial technician with the 38th Sustainment Brigade, to the gunner, Spc. Bradlee Joiner, with the 2-151st Infantry Battalion, as she pushed her foot down on the gas pedal and pulled the steering wheel sharply to the right.

  • Army Safe Autumn Campaign now available

    Sep 4, 2013

    With the passing of Labor Day, minds turn from the lazy days of summer to thoughts of football parties, hunting season and exercise in the great outdoors. Just like any other season, however, autumn can be a risky time of year.

  • As deployment wraps up, Triple Nickel engineers ready to finish strong

    Sep 4, 2013

    U.S. Theater Engineer Brigade headquarters building up to a strong finish in Afghanistan.

  • Individual augmentees keep busy during Ft. Bliss CRC weekly predeployment cycle

    Sep 4, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The Continental U.S. Replacement Center is not totally new to Fort Bliss, but has returned after more than five years running as separate entities across the United States.

  • CONUS Replacement Center accepts first iteration at Fort Bliss

    Sep 4, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The Continental U.S. (CONUS) Replacement Center is now fully operational, processing about 150 war fighters per weekly cycle, with an expected increase to more than 400.

  • From flagged to fit: Soldier conquers weight issue, opens doors on military career

    Sep 4, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Doing well on an Army physical fitness test can be difficult for some Soldiers and extremely easy for others.

  • 'The New Normal' integrates military readiness, civilian deployment training

    Sep 3, 2013

    Two men approached Pfc. Terrance Rogers as he and his men secured the building where civilian and military personnel were meeting with village leaders. Rogers smiled while he used hand signals and the little bit of Dari he'd learned in training to ask the men questions about their family and Afghanistan, keeping them engaged long enough to allow the meeting between personnel from the Department of State, Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and local village leaders to conclude. Afterwards, the translator came out and helped the men negotiate a land issue.

  • 3rd ID artillerymen support ground forces, gain experience in Afghanistan

    Aug 31, 2013

    U.S. Army field artillerymen with 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, provide heavy artillery support as Afghan and U.S. ground maneuver forces conduct operations to increase security in Logar province.

  • 'Vanguard' medic answers call, saves lives

    Aug 29, 2013

    Spc. Tyler Ivester was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, with Valor Device, Aug. 1, 2013, for saving the lives of four of his fellow Soldiers after their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device, April 17, 2013, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

  • Army Wellness Center opens at Fort Drum

    Aug 29, 2013

    Soldiers, civilians and family members celebrated the opening of the new Army Wellness Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. The 5,000-square-foot facility is the 12th wellness center to open across the Army. It offers standardized services and state-of-the-art equipment free of charge to all DOD ID card holders.

  • FORSCOM command team congratulates 725th EOD

    Aug 29, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A team of explosive ordnance disposal technicians at Fort Drum received recognition from the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command on Aug. 21 for their response to an emergency call from civilian officials downstate.

  • Commander conducts challenging leader professional development

    Aug 29, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The Army is physically demanding, and physical training is the most important training Soldiers perform each and every day. Physical training promotes esprit de corps and builds teams. More importantly, when done right, it's a key component of readiness, and it's what makes Soldiers "Mountain Ready and Mountain Tough!"

  • 92nd Military Police Battalion receives new vehicles via rail

    Aug 29, 2013

    Making their way from Red River, Texas, 129 humvees arrived on Fort Leonard Wood Saturday for distribution to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 92nd Military Police Battalion.

  • Engineer brigade honors soldiers they lost

    Aug 29, 2013

    The Triple Nickel Fallen Warriors Memorial, a large, gray granite wall that normally stands silent, provides a place for quiet reflection to remember 555th Engineer Brigade soldiers who were killed in action.

  • Westphal reinforces contributions, resiliency of Army's civilian workforce

    Aug 29, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal, Ph.D., made a visit to Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Aug. 29, 2013, to meet with garrison and United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence leaders, Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians regarding the future of Fort Huachuca and the surrounding communities.

  • Staff Sgt. Ty Carter speaks at Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony

    Aug 28, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter speaks during his Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony at the Pentagon, Aug. 27, 2013.

  • Second COP Keating hero receives Medal of Honor

    Aug 28, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Ty Carter humbly stood as President Barack Obama placed the Medal of Honor around his neck, during a ceremony Aug. 26, at the White House.

  • Behavioral health clinic takes care of Soldiers

    Aug 28, 2013

  • 1st Cavalry conduct presence patrol around FOB Fenty

    Aug 28, 2013

    Soldiers from the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Dark Horse, patrol around Forward Operating Base Fenty to check the the base's perimeter security, as well as engage the local population.

  • General officer puts retirement on hold to continue a legacy

    Aug 27, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. (August 24, 2013) -- As a child, Richard Torres would watch 82nd Airborne Division and Special Forces Soldiers parachute to the ground on Fort Bragg N.C. and knew he wanted nothing more than to join the Army.

  • Vanguard infantryman lives to tell the tale

    Aug 27, 2013

    "All I could think about was my mom and my sister," said U.S. Army Spc. Marcos Fernandes, an infantryman with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. "They're the ones who are most important to me."

  • Vanguard mechanics help Afghan National Army repair vehicles, increase combat power

    Aug 27, 2013

    U.S. Army mechanics from Company B, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, advised Afghan National Army soldiers from the 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, 203rd Corps, on better methods to maintain their vehicles.

  • Medal of Honor ceremony in honor of Staff Sgt. Ty Carter

    Aug 27, 2013

    President Barack Obama conveys the heroics of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter to the audience gathered for the Medal of Honor ceremony in Carter's honor at the White House in Washington, D.C., Aug. 26, 2013. Carter was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost Keating, Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2009. Carter was a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at the time of the battle.

  • From Bullets to Buckets

    Aug 27, 2013

    (FORT CAMPBELL, KY) -- August 22 -- CH-47 Chinook helicopter aircrews from B Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) began training for severe weather and wildfire missions at Fort Campbell, Ky., August 15, 2013.

  • MOH recipient Staff Sgt. Carter inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

    Aug 27, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter, the most recent Medal of Honor recipient from Operation Enduring Freedom, was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, Aug. 27, 2013, just a day after he received the nation's highest military honor.

  • Vanguard couple renew their vows in Afghanistan

    Aug 25, 2013

    Five years ago when U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Rorebeck, Norwalk, Iowa, native, and the operations officer for 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, married U.S. Army Capt. Crystal Rorebeck, a native of Breckenridge, Texas, and the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th IBCT, they made a promise to each other to renew their vows every five years on their anniversary.

  • SMA Chandler visits Aberdeen Proving Ground, hosts town hall with Soldiers, families

    Aug 23, 2013

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler toured Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Aug. 20, 2013, and then shared his stance on current issues and concerns affecting Soldiers, civilians and families during a town hall meeting at the Post Theater.

  • Vanguards, SANDF conduct joint STX

    Aug 23, 2013

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) conducted a three-day joint situational training exercise (STX) with South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) here, July 26-28 as part of Exercise Shared Accord 2013.

  • Tucker Takes Charge As New First Army Commander

    Aug 23, 2013

    Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker was officially recognized as the commander of First Army in an Assumption of Command ceremony held at the Rock Island Arsenal's Memorial Park here today.

  • Syracuse University football team lives week of Army life at Fort Drum

    Aug 22, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The Syracuse University Football Team's week of Army training at Fort Drum came to a memorable end Friday, with a paintball competition, where they paired up with Spartan Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, bringing them one step closer to the completion of their preparations for their upcoming season.

  • Fort Drum Soldiers compete in Army Ten-Miler qualifier

    Aug 22, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Nearly 100 Soldiers ran in a 10K race on post Aug. 14, attempting to qualify for a spot on the Fort Drum Army Ten-Miler Team and earn a trip to Washington, D.C., in October to represent the installation at the annual Army Ten-Miler.

  • 10th Mountain Division Soldiers return home from Afghanistan

    Aug 22, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- More than 100 Soldiers from 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Team arrived at Fort Drum on Tuesday after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

  • ADA medic training keeps 'docs' sharp

    Aug 22, 2013

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- GAZIENTEP, Turkey -- "Help! Someone has fallen off a ladder, come quickly!" says a Soldier. Immediately four medics are on the scene, all of them calm and simultaneously performing different parts of the primary survey, an initial assessment of the accident victim.

  • Rakkasan leaders tackle day "zero," increase understanding

    Aug 22, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - At first glance, the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell looks abandoned with no visual signs of life in all directions, but out of the thick, ghostly morning fog comes the loud, thunderous cries of "Air Assault" from more than 200 Air Assault candidates quake both the ground and sky. Looking on is company level and above leadership from 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); they are paying close attention to the "day zero" standards of the Air Assault School. Rakkasan leadership gathered for a Leader Personal Development session on Aug. 19 at the Air Assault School in order to gain a better understanding of the standards for the rigorous course.

  • Purple Heart recipient wears medal for fallen comrades

    Aug 22, 2013

    A retired master sergeant was awarded the Purple Heart July 30 and said the award presentation was a day for remembering comrades who gave their lives to save others.

  • SFAAT, ANSF hammer out tactics in Asadabad

    Aug 22, 2013

    U.S. Army Capt. Kyle Parker, operations adviser, Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Gold, 3rd Battalion, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, of Salem, Ore., converses with an Afghan local national at the Operational Coordination Center-Provincial in Asadabad, Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 12, 2013. Parker and others from SFAAT Gold spent the morning and early afternoon discussing upcoming tactical operations with their Afghan National Security Forces counterparts. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

  • SFAAT, ANSF hammer out tactics in Asadabad

    Aug 22, 2013

    U.S. Army Maj. Miguel Juarez, executive officer, 3rd Battalion, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, speaks with one of his Afghan Uniformed Police counterparts at the AUP provincial compound in Asadabad, Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 12, 2013. Along with Juarez, soldiers of Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Gold spent the morning and early afternoon discussing upcoming tactical operations with Afghan National Security Forces. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

  • Changing perceptions promise bright future for Afghan Police

    Aug 22, 2013

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - "Professionalism is very key," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Andrew Pekala, commander, Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Blue, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot. "If they're a professional force, they gain respect; people will want to call them."

  • White Currahee provides tactical training for AUP

    Aug 21, 2013

    Soldiers with India Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted tactical call out training for members of the Afghan Uniformed Police, Aug. 14 and 15, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

  • Soldier's doctorate combines Army profession, mentorship

    Aug 20, 2013

    FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- A First Army Division East officer has earned a new title: Doctor. Maj. Juanita Catchings, deputy director of the First Army Division East Surgeon's Office, received her Doctor of Management degree recently from the University of Phoenix. She now has the right to add the initials "DM" to her signature.

  • First Army advises, assists Illinois National Guard during annual training

    Aug 19, 2013

    As the Army draws down the number of Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, reserve-component units are more frequently turning to First Army to assist them in maintaining their readiness.

  • CSF2 sees culture of resilience growing in Army family

    Aug 19, 2013

    When the Army launched the Ready and Resilient Campaign this spring, it cast a spotlight on Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness' mission to increase the physical and psychological health, resilience and performance of Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians through Resilience and Performance Enhancement Training.

  • First Army mentors mission command process during Vibrant Response

    Aug 19, 2013

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. -- During the recent Vibrant Response exercise, 205th Infantry Brigade trainer/mentors worked with headquarters' staff elements, training on mission command processes during a command post exercise. While First Army trainer/mentors have traditionally focused on Soldier and unit-level training, they have recently expanded their training lens to include providing mission command trainers.

  • Currahee engineers conduct route clearance patrol in Khowst

    Aug 15, 2013

    Soldiers with Company A, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a route clearance patrol in Khowst province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 14, 2013.

  • Army chief of staff visits Afghanistan, recognizes 10th Mountain Division Soldiers

    Aug 15, 2013

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- It was a simple ceremony, but for eight 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers, it was something they will be able to talk about for years. During a visit to Forward Operating Base Gamberi, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno recognized their efforts by presenting each of them with his official coin.

  • U.S. Soldiers break fast with Afghan counterparts

    Aug 15, 2013

    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers assigned to 2nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade, Forward Operating Base Sharana, gathered Aug. 2 at Forward Operating Base Rushmore for an evening of Afghan cultural enrichment in the form of an Iftar dinner at the National Directorates of Security for Paktika Province's office.

  • National Guard Soldiers conduct 'Green Mountain Peak' exercise at Fort Drum

    Aug 15, 2013

    National Guard Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment, 86th Brigade Combat Team, are in the midst of a large training exercise on Fort Drum ranges in preparation for possible future deployment.

  • Soldiers will climb Whiteface Mountain during Muleskinner Challenge VIII

    Aug 15, 2013

    Soldiers assigned to 10th Sustainment Brigade will be given an opportunity to embrace the 10th Mountain Division (LI) heritage of mountain warfare by climbing Whiteface Mountain on Friday during Muleskinner Challenge VIII.

  • 1st BCT Welcome Home

    Aug 15, 2013

  • Rakkasans leadership changes out

    Aug 15, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. The change of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition in which the outgoing commander transfers their authority, responsibilities and troops to the incoming commander. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) conducted a change of command ceremony here, August 1, from Col. R.J. Lillibridge to Col J.B. Vowell. Lillibridge, who was the brigade commander on the unit's most recent deployment to Afghanistan, took the opportunity to thank the Fort Campbell community, his fellow leaders, and his Soldiers among others for their support during his tenure.

  • "Eat, Sleep and Move" campaign success includes fun with family and friends

    Aug 15, 2013

    Army Surgeon Gen., Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho's "Eat, Sleep and Move" campaign is designed to help achieve a healthy lifestyle. She cares--and she wants to help you enjoy a healthy lifestyle. And since we're all in this together, taking consideration of family members and friends can complement, as opposed to complicate, working this program into our busy lives. A healthy lifestyle can actually be easier to achieve if we get our families and friends onboard. The key is to start small -- do something. Every little bit is a healthy improvement.

  • Rakkasans give the Fox Sports 1 Team a taste of Soldier PT

    Aug 15, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were joined by members of the new Fox Sports 1 network for some intense physical training at Fort Campbell, Ky., Monday, August 12, 2013. The Soldiers hosted the traveling Fox Sports 1 "Girls Road to Launch" team which included Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Jake Ellenberger, sports announcer José Tolentino, broadcaster Jeffrey Hammond , former MLS player Frankie Hejduk, and a multitude of Fox Sports girls from across the country. The Rakkasans led the Fox Sports group through various exercises and activities such as the rope climb, the sled drag and the tire flip.

  • CRC moving to Fort Bliss

    Aug 14, 2013

  • Like father, like son

    Aug 14, 2013

    As a 20-year-old, Spc. Jerae P. Perez already has 20 years of experience in the U.S. Army.

  • Deployed couple shares daily challenges, copes with separation from children

    Aug 14, 2013

    LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Between them, Staff Sgts. Anthony and Stephanie Thomas -- husband and wife assigned to 10th Combat Aviation Brigade -- have seven deployments overseas. Although they have deployed at the same time once before -- she to Iraq and he to Qatar -- they are currently deployed together, for the first time, at Forward Operating Base Shank.

  • Army preserves lines of communication with industrial base

    Aug 14, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and Lt. Gen. William N. Phillips, Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics & Technology, conducted industry visits with the Army's industrial base in Pennsylvania and Arizona between August 14-30, 2013. The leaders visited Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing-Mesa in Arizona and Boeing's Vertical Lift facility in Ridley Park, Pa.

  • Married couple shares deployment together

    Aug 13, 2013

    U.S. Army Cpl. Douglas Dalton, medic, and his wife Spc. Megan Dalton, radiology specialist, both with Company C, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are fortunate enough to share a deployment together.

  • Soldier's life-saving actions earn him recognition from 7ID leadership

    Aug 13, 2013

    In front of a formation of nearly 100 soldiers, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, recognized three soldiers from three separate brigades within the division for their "outstanding actions," naming them Bayonet Soldiers of the Month.

  • Situational awareness training develops critical thinking skills for soldiers

    Aug 13, 2013

    Soldiers with the 14th Engineer Battalion participated in Advanced Situational Awareness Training at Point du Hoc on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 1. The training prepares soldiers for future contingency operations, teaching them how to react and assess threats during conflict.

  • Soldier receives recognition after delivering baby at gate

    Aug 13, 2013

    Douglas, Ariz., native Pvt. Marvin Frisby was recognized by Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, and the division's command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers, outside the division headquarters, Aug. 2, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • Task Force 51 mobilizes and executes Vibrant Response 13-2

    Aug 13, 2013

    Vibrant Response 13-2 is a major field training exercise conducted by U.S. Northern Command and led by U.S. Army North. Approximately 5,700 service members and civilians from the military and other federal and state agencies throughout the country are training to respond to a catastrophic domestic incident. As a component of NORTHCOM, Army North coordinates timely federal military response to disasters in the homeland to help the American people in times of need.

  • Low-altitude drops cut costs, keep Soldiers safe

    Aug 13, 2013

    The low-cost, low-altitude drop is a relatively new practice at Forward Operating Base Ghazni, Afghanistan. Started in late May 2013, the drops deliver all kinds of supplies to the base in order to cut costs and keep ground-based convoys off the road and out of harm's way.

  • Red Falcons learn breaching techniques

    Aug 13, 2013

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- More than 40 Paratroopers of the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conducted a battalion breacher's course, on Fort Bragg, N.C., July 29 through Aug. 9.

  • Trainer/Mentors ensure reserve-component readiness

    Aug 12, 2013

    First Army Division East trainer/mentors play an integral role in ensuring reserve-component units maintain a high degree of readiness. Recently when members of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a National Guard unit, conducted a command post exercise at Fort Drum, N.Y., Soldiers from 4th Cavalry Brigade, First Army Division East, were standing ready as trainer/mentors and subject matter experts.

  • Riggers push supplies out to troops with sling load operations

    Aug 12, 2013

    Intense, excitement and fun are some of the words that begin to describe the way two parachute riggers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade "Task Force Lifeliner," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), feel as they prepare for sling load operations.

  • New York Army National Guard instructors qualify infantry Soldiers

    Aug 12, 2013

    Combining steep learning curves with the steep terrain at Camp Smith, N.Y., Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 106th Regional Training Institute, turn Army Reserve and National Guard clerks, quartermasters, and mechanics into infantrymen.

  • 108th ADA conducts decon training

    Aug 9, 2013

    Fort Bragg, NC -- More than 60 Soldiers from 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade participated in a three-day chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear training held here Aug. 6 to Aug. 8.

  • Westphal discusses fiscal challenges facing Army during TRADOC, Fort Eustis visit

    Aug 8, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal, Ph.D., visited Fort Eustis, Va., Aug. 7, 2013, to get an update on U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command missions, and speak with leaders about the future of the Army.

  • 102nd welcomes new commander

    Aug 8, 2013

    Col. Wayne Cavender handed over command of the Army Reserve's 102nd Training Division (Maneuver Support) to Col. John Elam, during a change-of-command ceremony Sunday at Nutter Field House.

  • Recruiters aid crash victim in Nevada

    Aug 7, 2013

    Recruiters stop to aid victim involved in a motorcycle accident on a busy Reno, Nev. street.

  • Vibrant Response tests chemical biological radiological and nuclear units

    Aug 6, 2013

    There are only three active-duty units in the United States who have a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear-focused mission, and they must be confirmed ready to execute that mission each year. They do this at Vibrant Response.

  • 17th Fires Brigade soldier aids 2 children locked in car

    Aug 5, 2013

    Two children were locked in a car at a shopping center parking lot with the windows cracked about an inch on a hot summer day July 1. One child was crying and the other appeared dazed. Both were sweating profusely and at risk of heat injury.

  • Final homecoming flights for 4th SBCT bring home 600 troops, brigade leadership

    Aug 5, 2013

    The 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, colors touched down on American soil along with the brigade commander, command sergeant major and approximately 600 soldiers, July 28, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • 864th Engineer Battalion sets the pace for supporting new and expecting mothers while fathers deploy

    Aug 5, 2013

    Stories that come from deployments often speak of the camaraderie and a sense of teamwork that is formed amongst soldiers while pushing through the hard times to accomplish a mission. Very rarely, however, is it even whispered of the camaraderie formed by the spouses who are also pushing through some very difficult times while they wait for their loved ones to return from down range.

  • No Distinctions -- The AC/AR formula for Mission Success

    Aug 5, 2013

    Continued reliance on reserve component Soldiers is an essential part of the Army's transformation plan. According to Army Maj. Bryan Shrank, commanding officer of the Army's 4th Space Company at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., one of the most significant benefits brought by the Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to his company is perspective.

  • Nuclear disaster exercise trains response capability

    Aug 4, 2013

    Normally, First Army observer controller/trainers train National Guard and Reserve Soldiers for missions in locations such as Afghanistan, Kosovo and Cuba. This month, however, they are leading training for a realistic disaster-response exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

  • Lt. Gen. Tucker Assumes Command of First Army

    Aug 2, 2013

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker was promoted during a ceremony hosted by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno in the Pentagon to his current rank and assumed command of First Army today.

  • Master Resiliency Training Course offered at Fort Riley for first time

    Aug 2, 2013

    More than 90 active-duty Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers from Fort Riley, Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and the Washington area completed the Master Resiliency Training Course July 26 at Fort Riley.

  • 543rd Military Police Company Soldiers return from deployment

    Aug 1, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When a returning unit marches into the gymnasium full of awaiting Family Members and friends, the atmosphere can be compared to a rock star coming out on stage for the first time to a sold-out show with the roar of the audience so loud it's felt in your chest.

  • 'Fire in the hole': Engineers conduct live-fire demolition, breach training

    Aug 1, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When Soldiers hear that they have a range coming up, they may start planning for a long day of sitting on the bleachers inside of a windscreen waiting their turn to qualify on their assigned weapon.

  • Medical Simulation Training Center offers battlefield realism for students

    Aug 1, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- It's almost too realistic -- the darkness, smoke, flashing lights, yelling, bodies strewn across the ground, blood -- all used in a facility on Fort Drum that trains military medical professionals for combat emergencies.

  • Red Falcons participate in Shared Accord

    Aug 1, 2013

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- More than 40 Paratroopers of the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, deployed to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, July 14, to participate in Exercise Shared Accord 2013.

  • Currahee chaplain assistants provide ASIST training

    Jul 31, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were provided with the opportunity to attend Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, July 28 and 29.

  • Breaking barriers: 4 Soldiers set to become Army's first female Abrams tank maintainers

    Jul 31, 2013

    Four female Soldiers will make history Aug. 1, 2013, as they will become the first females in the Army to obtain the 91A M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer military occupational specialty.

  • CONUS Replacement Center fine-tunes processes in anticipation of first deployers

    Jul 31, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- "Rough Riders" from the 402nd Field Artillery Brigade, First Army Division West, are among the quietest trainers around. They let the thousands of Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines they've trained over the last decade speak for them.

  • Dragon Battalion conducts airborne mission

    Jul 31, 2013

    Guided by wind currents and suspended by parachutes; bundles of ammunition, food, fuel and water descend on their designated targets.

  • 7ID soldier receives Legion of Merit following 30 years of service

    Jul 31, 2013

    Lt. Col. Johnny Vandiver, the 7th Infantry Division's senior physician assistant and chief of clinical operations, was awarded the Legion of Merit, July 26, in honor of his many accomplishments in his 30 years of service.

  • U.S., Singapore army joint exercise a success

    Jul 31, 2013

    Nearly 300 Soldiers from both nations celebrated the end of a two-week, collaborative exercise here Friday.

  • 205th Infantry Brigade leads from the front during Sgt. Audie Murphy board selection

    Jul 30, 2013

    Camp Atterbury, Ind. -- An examination board composed of senior noncommissioned officers reviewed three noncommissioned officers from First Army Division East, who were nominated to become members of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club at Camp Atterbury, Ind., Jul 18.

  • Lewis-McChord Soldier to be awarded Medal of Honor

    Jul 30, 2013

    The room hummed with the steady clicks of camera shutters as Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter and his wife, Shannon, were the center of attention during a press conference at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 29, 2013.

  • 'Soldier for life' laid to rest on Fort Riley

    Jul 25, 2013

    To say retired Lt. Gen. Richard J. Seitz had a storied life is an understatement. Those lucky enough to come in contact with him in his 95 years surely heard the stories: one of the first Army paratroopers, youngest battalion commander in World War II, 4 a.m. combat jump into the southern invasion of France, Battle of the Bulge, Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, Vietnam.

  • Archangel: Afghan security forces winning local loyalty

    Jul 25, 2013

    "I've never seen somebody that people loved more: him walking down the street, and the crowds would gather around him, and they would listen to every single word he said," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Charles Studer of his Afghan National Army counterpart. "They wanted to be Afghan, and they wanted to be proud of their country."

  • Operation River Assault a success

    Jul 25, 2013

    FORT CHAFFEE, Ark. -- Staring out into darkness, Spc. Hoang Tran could hardly wait to get started. Wet from an early morning storm, a little bit cold and with mud caking his Army combat boots, he eagerly directed each Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck toward the shoreline in the early morning hours of July 24, 2013.

  • Why wouldn't soldiers train at Fort Chaffee?

    Jul 25, 2013

    FORT CHAFFEE, Ark. -- Operation River Assault 2013 has come and gone, making this the fourth year in a row where Army Reserve soldiers have crossed the Arkansas River, the most commonly touted reason for the exercise to be conducted here.

  • Singapore fun run brings two armies together

    Jul 24, 2013

    With the sights and sounds of downtown Singapore as their backdrop, Singapore armed forces and U.S. soldiers came together for a run in the sun, July 19.

  • 16th CAB: on to next chapter

    Jul 24, 2013

    The 16th Combat Aviation Brigade started the next chapter in its history as Col. Rob P. Dickerson relinquished command to Col. Paul A. Mele during a change of command ceremony July 19 at Watkins Field.


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